Sound, music, and video
If iPad does’t have sound or if video won’t play, try these steps.
Make sure the iPad speaker isn’t covered.
Make sure the Side Switch isn’t set to silent. See “
Volume buttons” on page 11.
If you’re using a headset, unplug it, then plug it in again. Make sure you push the plug all the
Make sure the volume isn’t turned all the way down.
Music on iPad might be paused. If you’re using a headset with a play button, try pressing the
play button to resume playback. Or from the Home screen, tap Music, then tap .
Check to see if a volume limit is set. In Settings, go to Music > Volume Limit.
If you’re using the line out port on the optional iPad Dock, make sure that you turn on the
external speakers or stereo, and that they’re plugged in correctly and working properly. Use the
volume controls on the the external speakers or stereo, not on iPad.
If you’re using an app that works with AirPlay, check to see if the AirPlay device you’re sending
the sound to is turned on and the volume is turned up. If you want to hear sound through
iPad’s speaker, tap and select it from the list.
A song, video, or other item won’t play
The song, video, audiobook, or podcast may be encoded in a format that iPad doesn’t support. For
information about the audio and video file formats iPad supports, go to www.apple.com/ipad/specs.
If a song or video in your iTunes library isn’t supported by iPad, you may be able to convert it to a
format iPad supports. For example, you can use iTunes for Windows to convert nonprotected WMA
files to a format iPad supports. For more information, open iTunes and choose Help > iTunes Help.
Support and Other Information
No video or sound when using AirPlay
To send video or audio to an AirPlay device such as an Apple TV, iPad and the AirPlay device must
be connected to the same wireless network. If you don’t see the button, iPad isn’t connected
to the same Wi-Fi network as an AirPlay device, or the app you’re using doesn’t support AirPlay.
When sound or video is being sent to an AirPlay device, iPad doesn’t display video or play
audio. To direct the content to iPad and disconnect iPad from the AirPlay device, tap and
select iPad in the list.
Some apps play only audio over AirPlay. If video isn’t working, make sure that the app you’re
using supports both audio and video.
If the Apple TV has been set up to require a passcode, you must enter it on iPad when asked, in
order to use AirPlay.
Make sure the speakers on the AirPlay device are turned on and turned up. If you’re using an
Apple TV, make sure the TV’s input source is set to Apple TV. Make sure the volume control on
iPad is turned up.
When iPad is streaming with AirPlay, it must remain connected to the Wi-Fi network. If you take
iPad out of range, playback stops.
Depending on the speed of your network, it may take 30 seconds or more for playback to begin
when using AirPlay.
For more information about AirPlay, go to support.apple.com/kb/HT4437.
No image on TV or projector connected to iPad
When you connect iPad to a TV or projector using a USB cable, the attached display automatically
mirrors the iPad screen. Some apps may support using the attached display as a second monitor.
Check the app’s settings and documentation.
To view HD videos in high resolution, use the Apple Digital AV Adapter or a component
Make sure the video cable is firmly connected at both ends, and that it’s a supported cable.
If iPad is connected to an A/V switchbox or receiver, try connecting it directly to the TV or
Make sure that your TV has the proper video input selected, such as HDMI or component video.
If no video appears, press the Home button, disconnect and reconnect the cable, and try again.